British Invasion of Richmond, January 1781

British Invasion of Richmond, January 1781 (HMKS)

Location: Richmond, VA 23223
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 31.921', W 77° 25.16'

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On 4 Jan. 1781, British troops led by Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold landed at Westover in Charles City County and began marching to Richmond. Learning of the threat, Governor Thomas Jefferson directed the removal of public records and military stores to safety before evacuating the capital. On 5 Jan., Arnold's troops easily dispersed colonial forces arranged on defensive positions here on Church Hill and Shockoe Hill and occupied Richmond for twenty-four hours. Before returning the following day to Westover, the British burned some private buildings and public storehouses containing military supplies, and destroyed the foundry and some public records at nearby Westham.
Marker NumberS 1
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 1:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286229 N 4156643
Decimal Degrees37.53201667, -77.41933333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 31.921', W 77° 25.16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 31' 55.26" N, 77° 25' 9.60" W
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Area Code(s)757, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2400-2498 E Broad St, Richmond VA 23223, US
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